For Students

Learning opportunities can provide exposure to new educational experiences and a chance to explore residency opportunities. The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program streamlines the application process for medical and public health students.

It is important to support your medical education by engaging in diverse opportunities.

Is My Institution Part of the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Program?

Only students from participating institutions can apply for electives in the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities VSLO Program. Check participating home institutions.

How to Use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS)

Students who are from participating institutions in the VSLO program are able to search and apply for opportunities through the application service. Learn more about how to use VSAS

What Are the Requirements?

Institutions vary in their requirements for visiting students. A complete list of an institution’s requirements can be reviewed in the elective details in the application service.

Once a student completes requirements and submits an application, the application is received by the student’s home institution for verification. Any requirements that are the responsibility of the home institution are fulfilled at that time. Then, the home institution releases the application, along with all requirements, to the host institution.

Sample requirements that are the responsibility of the student include, but are not limited to:

  • CV
  • Immunization Form

Sample requirements to be completed by the student’s home institution include, but are not limited to:

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation

Other types of requirements that may be required after a student submits their application include, but are not limited to:

  • Visa documents
  • Copy of a passport
  • Host institutions may also request that a requirement be resubmitted

Students in the U.S. Pursuing Electives in the U.S.

For students enrolled in a U.S. medical school and interested in away rotations.

Students in the U.S. Pursuing Electives Abroad

If you are enrolled in a U.S. medical school and interested in clinical, research, or public health opportunities abroad.

Students Outside the U.S. Pursuing Electives

Students enrolled in medical schools outside the U.S. that are interested in going abroad.

VSLO Application Service: Student Training Videos

Please log in to view training modules for the VSLO application service (sometimes called the VSAS application service).

VSLO Student Essentials

Use the VSLO Student Essentials guide to help you access the application service, complete your profile, search for and save electives, and begin the application process.

Search for Electives

Browse our catalog of away electives at participating host institutions by location, keywords, specialty, and more.

Find Participating Host Institutions

Find a complete listing of participating host institutions.

VSLO Participating Home Institutions

Find a complete listing of all participating home institutions. 

VSLO Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about VSLO? Check out these frequently asked about topics. 

How to Use the VSAS Application Service

The VSAS application service makes it easier for medical students to apply for clinical or research opportunities.

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